What Is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the branch of medical science that deals with hormones and hormone-related diseases and disorders. The endocrine system includes all the body’s hormone-producing organs, such as the pancreas, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, the adrenal gland, the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the ovaries and testes. There are a great variety of medical conditions associated with hormone imbalances. These can have a powerful effect on physical growth and development, blood sugar levels, emotional states, metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate, and sexual function and fertility.
Baptist Health is fully committed to the health of communities across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, regardless of cause. Our caring professionals work hard every day to lift the spirits and improve the well-being of the patients we serve. This includes individuals concerned about, or struggling with, hormone-driven medical disorders.
Baptist Health physicians, nurses, and other medical team members are equipped to provide care for a wide range of endocrine disorders and conditions, including:
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Diabetes mellitus
- Graves’ disease
- Growth disorders
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Metabolic bone disease (MBD)
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid and other glandular cancers
The goal in every case is restoration of the patient’s good health, to the extent possible, by reestablishing the body’s proper hormonal balances.
The medical professionals at Baptist Health offer a comprehensive suite of diagnostic and treatment options for addressing health issues related to the endocrine system:
- Diagnostic procedures, including imaging studies, urine testing, hormone analysis, and identification of genetic abnormalities
- Medication therapy
- Hormone therapy
Not every situation warrants medical intervention. We may choose to monitor a potential endocrine issue, acting only when treatment becomes the most sensible option.